Aikido is a modern Japanese martial art that teaches coordination of mind and body to develop calmness in action and the strongest human condition. Aikido techniques can be effective without harming the attacker, which allows practice to be comfortable, and ethical self-defense to be an ideal.

The Kokikai method encourages students to realize their full potential in all activities of daily life through effective self-defense techniques. The development of inner strength (Ki power) increases physical and mental strength, improves mind-body coordination, and stimulates good health. Kokikai Aikido helps students build a secure foundation for a successful and fulfilling life both on and off the mat.

Sensei Shuji Maruyama

Sensei Shuji Maruyama
President and founder of Kokikai Aikido

Sensei Shuji Maruyama is Kokikai-Ryu Aikido’s Founder and President. Sensei Maruyama started his practice in Japan and through hard practice and dedicated effort realized martial arts awakening and founded the Kokikai Federation to disseminate his training method and its benefits to the world.

You can read more about Sensei’s story at kokikai.org.

Kokikai Aikido Principles

  • Keep One Point to develop calmness
  • Relax Progressively
  • Find Correct Posture in everything
  • Develop your Positive Mind

Kokikai Aikido has at its foundation the principles of one point and ki development as taught in Japan to Maruyama Sensei by both Aikido’s Founder Ueshiba and Tohei Sensei. Maruyama Sensei’s philosophy of minimum effort, maximum effect is the foundation of Kokikai Aikido, which has progressed the art of Aikido.